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Connecticut wrong-way driver sentenced for fatal accident

Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Apr 05, 2014 in Fatal Motor Vehicle Accidents

The negligent and reckless acts of one person can certainly prove deadly for others. A 2012 fatal accident claimed the life of a 24-year-old man and caused multiple injuries to another. Now, the Connecticut driver that was allegedly responsible has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars.

According to reports, the man was the cause of a deadly accident when he was traveling in the wrong direction. Authorities arrived at the scene and conducted a preliminary investigation into the crash. Upon an initial investigation, authorities determined that the accident unfolded when a 34-year-old man started driving his vehicle in the northbound direction while in southbound lanes. His vehicle slammed into a sedan, causing serious injury to a passenger and the death of the driver.

Authorities reportedly tested the driver's blood alcohol level which revealed he was operating at almost three times over the legal limit. He was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence. He has since pleaded guilty and was sentenced to spend the next 10 years in prison.

A fatal accident can wreak havoc on surviving family members, especially when the fatality was caused by an intoxicated driver. The family of the deceased has received some justice with the knowledge of the negligent driver forced to spend a considerable amount of time in prison. However, with the perpetrator behind bars, the family may wonder if they're able to receive civil remedies in Connecticut. Any family may wish to pursue a wrongful death claim against a drunk driver to recoup damages suffered and a personal injury lawyer may be of assistance with those efforts.